Let's start with the faults in Huddersfield Town’s performance.
Right, that’s those dealt with.
Now let’s focus on the things they got right – and this may take some time.
Every man in blue and white stripes stepped up to the mark; stretched sinew and sweated blood and, when that looked like it wasn’t going to be enough, they dug even deeper.
Built on the ideal start of a Joel Lynch goal in 44 seconds and augmented by splendid strikes from Nahki Wells – on his 150th league appearance – and the imperious Grant Holt, this was a compelling show of ability from Town and one which suggests they’ll become bedfellows with the top half of the table for much longer this term than has been the case in the past.
There was drive, flair and fluency in abundance and the fans bought into it – boy did they buy into it.
It’s a long time since an opposition backpass to their goalkeeper received a standing ovation at the John Smith’s Stadium, but that was the case on Saturday when Chris Powell’s side harried Forest into reverse gear from three quarters up the pitch and never let them pinch an inch.
Fans were on their feet again when Jacob Butterfield – who left Robert Tesche frozen at one point with a sublime piece of midfield trickery – this time raced two thirds the length of the stadium to fire in a shot.
It didn’t matter his left-foot drive was more of a danger to the North Stand Loyal than to Forest keeper Karl Darlow, because the gut-wrenching effort he put in to make the run said everything about his commitment to the cause – and that’s exactly what Town fans want to see.
It all stemmed from the manager’s positive approach to tackling a 4-5-1 Forest formation with wingmen and two strikers in a 4-4-2.
He brought back Harry Bunn and Sean Scannell and trusted Butterfield and Conor Coady to take charge of central midfield without the back-up of Jonathan Hogg, who lost his place on the bench when aggravating a thigh injury in the warm-up.
It proved an inspired selection and Town were right on top of their business from the off with slick passing and intelligent movement, crisp tackling and high-intensity workrate.
And the discipline and concentration was first class as well – leaving Forest with very little gameplan to develop.
Lynch’s stretching tackle to stop Hull loan man Tom Ince in the 27th minute was as outstanding as it was crucial. Town were two up at that stage and it illuminated their mindset that the visitors were not going to be given a glimmer of hope.
Town were playing so well you didn’t want half time to come. Would there be a Forest rethink? Would there be a Forest revival?
Alex Smithies produced a wonderful save to deny Britt Assombalonga from Forest’s best chance of the match and, within minutes, Holt had drilled in Town’s third goal to enhance the feelgood factor which was already cascading down every row of seats and onto the pitch.
Everywhere you looked there was a Town player going above and beyond the call of duty – and the tackling back when possession had been lost was out of this world.
Forest – who are still a very good team even if they are on a bad run – couldn’t handle the pressure play and Powell’s men flourished on an exciting cocktail of zesty counter-attacks and sweeping all-out raids.
Holt was magnificent and delivered every facet of a centre forward’s play with strength and skill and his tenacity in chasing back was more than matched by the wonderful Wells. Both players thoroughly deserved their standing ovations when summoned back to the sideline, job done in impressive style.
Scannell, too, had every supporter off their seat when making his way to the dugout after teasing and terrorising the Forest back line with his pace, power and panache for a tantalising run and cross.
Coady and Butterfield were excellent – linking everything together in liquid fashion – and Bunn showed an array of talents with mileage to match as he made sure Town dominated down left flank as well as right.
At the back, Tommy Smith got better and better, Jack Robinson had his best match in a Town shirt and skipper Mark Hudson again oozed class alongside Lynch, who is now showing the Town faithful why he’s been so popular at his previous clubs.
They showed what a bit of passion and belief can do when added to existing ability and, while the Championship is an unrelenting test, there are no excuses now for any dip in standards.